Apple Unveils Near Final Mac OS X Leopard

WWDC 2007, SAN FRANCISCO–June 11, 2007–Apple today unveiled a near final
version of Mac OS X Leopard, the sixth major release of the world’s most
advanced operating system. Scheduled to ship in October, Leopard introduces
over 300 new features, including a new Desktop and Dock with Stacks, an
intuitive new way to organize files; an updated Finder featuring Cover Flow
and a new way to easily browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick
Look, a new way to rapidly preview most files without opening an
application; Time Machine, a new way to easily and automatically back up
and restore lost files or a complete Mac; Spaces, a powerful new feature to
create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; and
enhanced iChat and Mail applications, which easily allow users to
communicate even more creatively.

“Leopard is the best release of Mac OS X to date, surpassing even Tiger,
and will further extend Mac OS X’s leadership as the most advanced and
innovative operating system in the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.
“We think current and prospective customers are going to love Leopard, and
that it will help make the Mac even more popular.”

Leopard includes a completely new Dock featuring Stacks, which can help
manage a user’s desktop clutter caused by browser and email downloads. With
the click of a mouse, users can instantly fan out the contents of a stack
to easily see each item. Leopard’s Finder has been completely redesigned,
adding Cover Flow as an innovative way to quickly browse and locate files
and applications. Finder’s new Sidebar simplifies the organization of files
on a Mac, and adds easy access to shared Macs and PCs on a home network.
Subscribers to .Mac can also use the new “Back to my Mac” feature to browse
and access files on their remote Macs over the Internet. Also new in
Leopard is Quick Look, an innovative new way for users to instantly preview
almost any file, and even play media files, without opening an application.

With its unique ability to let users travel back in time to find deleted
files, applications, photos and other digital media, Time Machine is a
revolutionary way to protect your digital life. With just a one-click
setup, Time Machine automatically keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on
the Mac. In the event a file is lost, users can use Mac OS X’s Spotlight to
search back through time to find and then instantly restore the file. Time
Machine can automatically back up a Mac to an external hard drive connected
with a FireWire or USB cable, to a server, or wirelessly to an AirPort
Extreme base station with an attached hard drive.

Leopard also includes three new technologies that take full advantage of
the latest developments in processor hardware: full native 64-bit support
to enable applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing
while still running side by side with existing 32-bit Mac OS X applications
and drivers; easy multi-core optimization and scheduling to take advantage
of the latest Intel hardware; and Core Animation, helping developers easily
create animated user experiences as amazing as Leopard’s Spaces and Time
Machine in their own applications.

Other new features in Leopard include:

* Leopard Mail, offering more ways to customize and add personal
style to email than ever before, with more than 30 beautiful stationery
designs and layouts that look great on a Mac or Windows PC; Notes, making
it as easy to take and organize notes as it is to compose and read emails;
To Dos, for creating lists viewed directly in Mail and automatically sync
them with iCal; and data detectors that automatically sense phone numbers,
addresses and events so they can be easily added to Address Book or iCal;

* Leopard iChat with iChat Theater, letting users present photos,
presentations, videos and files in a video conference; Photo Booth effects,
enabling users to transform their iChat video in real time with fun
distortion and color effects; and video backdrops that allow users to
choose any photo or video that makes them appear to be anywhere in the
world, or out of it;

* Leopard iCal, introducing powerful group calendaring features
based on the open CalDAV standard that make it easy to organize and
coordinate schedules with other people;

* Spaces, giving users a powerful new, clutter-free way to create
customized spaces on the desktop with only the applications or files needed
for each project, and the ability to quickly switch between them with one
click of a mouse or keystroke;

* Web Clip, bringing anything that a user wants from a web page to
Dashboard as a live widget;

* Boot Camp, making it possible to run Windows natively on
Intel-based Macs*; and

* new development tools, including Xcode 3 with a next generation
editor; an all new Interface Builder for easier integration of advanced
animation effects into an application; simpler debugging; and support for
Objective-C 2.0; DashCode, a better way to create new Dashboard widgets
without writing a line of code; and Xray, a new application for optimizing
application performance.

Pricing & Availability

Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard is scheduled to ship in October and will be
available through the Apple Store (, Apple’s retail stores
and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $129 (US)
for a single user license. The Mac OS X Leopard Family Pack is a
single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested
retail price of $199 (US). Volume and maintenance pricing is available from

*Copy of Windows XP or Vista required.